“Billboard has been an integral part of my life for a very long time now,” Carey said. “Even though I don’t acknowledge time, I kind of have to admit that some of my most memorable times in my career are connected to Billboard and the BBMAs. One thing I really have to say that I’m really grateful for is the fact that my fans have been here with me through the hits, through the misses, the No. 1s and the Bubbling Unders.”
The award honors her iconic holiday jingle, which has been climbing to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 every year since 2019. The accomplishment is particularly impressive for a song that debuted in 1994.
“I love you so much this award is particularly special to me because the song itself changed my entire life. When I first sat down to write ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,’ I never could and imagined I’d be standing here three months later, accepting a special award for it,” she quipped, making the audience laugh.